12 Tasks to Tackle Before Fall Arrives

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The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. The kids are trudging off to school again with their backpacks, and leaves are falling from the trees. Yep, it’s official: Fall is here. Now’s the time to finish up any last-minute maintenance projects and get your home and yard ready. Take care of these 12 tasks to get your … Read More

Kitchen Countertop Buying Guide: Meet the Main Players & Find Your Best Match

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Your kitchen is the heart of your home, which means your countertops have to be fit for the job. Sure, it’s nice if your countertops are stylish. But are they durable? Cost-effective? And will they ultimately suit your lifestyle? In this buying guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about popular countertop surfaces so you can make an informed … Read More

How to Build Your Own Vertical Garden With Shipping Pallets

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Take your green thumb to new heights (and small spaces!) with a vertical garden. This DIY is a great way to integrate a little greenery into any space, including an apartment or small porch. Supplies: Two pallets Tarp Hammer Pry bar Gloves Safety goggles and ear protection Sanding blocks or sandpaper Paintbrush Water-based stain Water-based clear sealant Two 3 1/2-inch … Read More

How to Replace a Ceiling Fan

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Some people love ceiling fans – others don’t care for them. But we can probably all agree that they’re incredibly functional, especially in the heat of summer . If you don’t love the look of your ceiling fan, try updating to a more modern, sleek option. That way you get both function and fashion in your space, which is a … Read More

How to Win the War on Pet Hair

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If you’re a pet parent, you know that shedding season is in full swing – and your allergies probably are too. About 30 percent of people with general allergies also have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. People with pet allergies have sensitive immune systems that can react to harmless proteins in a pet’s urine, saliva or dander. And while … Read More

A DIY for the Books: How to Get Custom Built-In Shelves on a Budget

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Built-in shelves can take your room from boring to bespoke in a snap. Unfortunately, they can also come with a hefty price tag. But I’m going to share the insider secrets you need to DIY your way to rich results without breaking the bank. (Hint: The secret is starting with assembled bookcases, like the IKEA BILLY!) Check out this dramatic … Read More

8 Tips for Building Your Own Backyard Treehouse

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Whether it’s sleeping under the stars, telling ghost stories or simply enjoying the great outdoors, summer memories are best made in a treehouse. Summer’s start is the perfect time to build your own backyard treehouse. But before you grab a hammer and nails, check out these eight tips from the pros at O2 Treehouse and Nelson Treehouse and Supply . … Read More

Personalize Your Space With a DIY Gallery Wall

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Blending interior design styles with a roommate or partner is all about including personal touches and pinpointing a shared interest or aesthetic. The floor-to-ceiling gallery wall we created for a special couple on the West Coast is a perfect example. View original article on Zillow.

Test Your Home Improvement IQ With This Quiz

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Do you watch house-flipping TV shows? Are you embarking on a major remodel for the first time? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, this quiz is for you. Which Home Improvements Have the Biggest ROI? If you’re not in your forever home, it’s a good idea to consider the resale value of common home updates. Take this … Read More

Getting and Staying Organized Through the Summer

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Sometime about now in mid-summer we begin asking ourselves, “Why do things seem to be out of control? I planned on organizing my photos , painting that cute dresser I picked up at the yard sale last fall, and waking up without an alarm clock on Fridays. None of it has happened!” View original article on Zillow.